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Norwich student picked for national artist showcase as part of Liverpool Biennial

A fine art student at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) who practises under the name MKLK has been selected as one of 55 artists to join the roster of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, a touring showcase of final year students, and recent graduates which forms part of the Liverpool Biennial.

MKLK’s moving image work ‘Man Eater’ was selected from 1,400 submissions by the most promising artists emerging from art schools and universities in the UK. Previous artists selected for the exhibition include Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tacita Dean, Mona Hatoum and Mike Nelson.

Art installation at firstsite in Colchester

– Man Eater on display at firstsite in Colchester

MKLK, who is in Year 3 of the BA Fine Art course at NUA, says: “To be selected as one of the 55 artists of this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries is a great privilege, and something that was unexpected yet deeply hoped for. If it wasn’t for the encouragement and support of my tutor and the faculty I would never have submitted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries. NUA and its facilities have been an invaluable resource in the development of my practice.”

‘Man Eater’ is a fixed camera one-person performance which responds to the psycho-social aspects of Sigmund Freud’s analysis of the Oedipus complex, in order to highlight the process of visual and psychological fragmentation of the female form.

Carl Rowe, BA Fine Art Course Leader at NUA, says: “This is a major achievement for MKLK and for BA Fine Art at NUA. MKLK’s tutor has provided expert guidance and the course assisted financially through the Competitions Fund, set up last year in order to encourage students to enter internationally recognised open submission shows.”

Bloomberg New Contemporaries will launch at World Museum in Liverpool from 20 September – 26 October 2014 before touring to ICA, London from 26 November 2014 – 25 January 2015. All the artists selected will also benefit from an ongoing programme of peer mentoring sessions with national art venues.

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